A look at property in Yio Chu Kang

Yio Chu Kang, or YCK as it is often shortened to, is a subzone of Ang Mo Kio. Roughly bounded by the Seletar Expressway, Central Expressway, Lentor Avenue, Yio Chu Kang Road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, it occupies the northeast corner of Ang Mo Kio. In the early 19th century, much of the northern part of Singapore were owned by one of the several Kang Chu clans, with different members taking control of its individual villages, and subsequently having their name associated with that village. Hence, we are left with not just Yio Chu Kang, but also Lim Chu Kang and Choa Chu Kang. Development was late arriving to YCK, with many of the original kampongs surviving well into the 1980s.
Though there are exceptions, the housing in Yio Chu Kang can be simplified as follows: Public housing is predominately located in the southern and western areas; private condos tend to be in the north and northwest, while the landed enclaves are in the north and northeastern stretches.
A typical HDB flat in Yio Chu Kang. Credit: EdgeProp Singapore
Unlike those in neighbouring Bishan, the HDB’s in Yio Chu Kang have the traditional, no-frills design, where less emphasis is given to the aesthetic quality of the estates.
To the north of the main cluster of HDB blocks and occupying the area between Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital and Yio Chu Kang Road is where you will find several condominiums. Many of these were built in the late 1990s to 2010 and as a result share many characteristics. They are large both in terms of their unit sizes and site area.
Seasons Park and Far Horizon Gardens overlook Yio Chu Kang Road and the low-rise properties on the other side that form part of the Lentor neighbourhood. At the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 and Yio Chu Kang Road is the imposing Castle Green with its distinctive crenelated design. Like many such condos, Castle Green enjoys an abundance of facilities that residents of smaller properties can only dream of. These include a badminton hall, mini golf range, squash courts and tennis courts.